One thing you can’t blame on the digital age, is the desire for both men and women to look younger, although it’s not a stretch to say that the fairer sex is slightly more concerned about the issue. Still, when you look at all the innovations in technology and medicine, it’s a wonder that no one has invented a Fountain of Youth creme that magically fades all wrinkles and turns skin into the same texture as that of a newborn. In the absence of that fantasy, here are some practical ways you can turn back the ravages of time.

Drink Water

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Water is the perfect low-calorie, low-fat, low-sugar drink that offers you multiple benefits with hardly any drawbacks, provided you are drinking clean water. Drinking eight glasses of water a day flushes out toxins from your body, promotes good digestion, hydrates your body, and best yet, nourishes and moisturizes your skin naturally, which makes you look younger and more vibrant.

Dress Your Age

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Ironically, if you wear clothes that are several decades too young for you, it actually makes you look older. The reason is that people can sniff out an older person who is trying to dress hip, and it makes that person look old. Dressing your age doesn’t mean you have to wear clothes fermented in mothballs, it just means that you should wear age-appropriate clothes that are stylish and hip, but made for your demographic. For example, if you’re a 40 year-old mother of two with some curves and a booty, you probably shouldn’t be trying to pour your legs into skinny jeans made for a 20 year-old model who is used to wearing bikinis the size of dental floss.

Laugh A Lot

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Studies have shown that genuine laughter releases tension and helps reduce stress, but it can also make you look younger. People who smile and laugh a great deal, are perceived as being younger than they actually are, probably because smiling and laughing are associated with exuberance and frivolity and youth.

Exercise

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Duh, but you’d be surprised how many people skip this easy-to-do step. Working out four days a week can offer a number of benefits, such as strengthening your muscles, toning your body, burning calories and improving your sleep cycle. In addition, rigorous exercise, which is exercise that involves progressive resistance, such as weight training and cardio, boosts your metabolism to make it easier for you to lose weight, and can help stave off high blood pressure and heart disease.

Get Good Sleep

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Whether you’re a man or woman, you know how awful you look when you don’t get enough sleep. Women can try to hide that lack of sleep wear and tear with eyeshadow and foundation, but men are out of luck. If you don’t get enough sleep on a daily basis, you will look haggard, worn out and old. Conversely, when you get sleep for at least seven hours a night, you will feel more refreshed, more energetic, more alert and…younger. Keep in mind that good sleep doesn’t just rest your mind and body, it’s also the time of night when your hair grows and your skin cells rebuild and restore themselves.

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Moisturize Your Skin

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One of the easiest telltale signs of aging is wrinkled and damaged skin. To keep your skin looking healthy and young, invest in a good moisturizer that also includes a high SPF for protection against ultraviolet rays. When you are buying a moisturizer, look for ingredients such as vitamin C and retinoids, which help restore dead skin cells. And for you guys out there, don’t think that this advice only applies to women, because as men get older, their hands become a dead giveaway about their age, even if their faces retain a youthful appearance.

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